I mentioned some weeks back that I had started to do a bit of cooking for myself. I have various packets and bottles that claim to make that easy for me. I tried them out with variable success. I found I could make reasonable rissoles and various versions of keema (curried mince aka ground beef). I could also do a reasonable spaghetti mince for spag bol. My keema was always pleasant enough but mostly not inspiring. I would cook it up in the electric frypan with some sort of curry additive in about 10 minutes.
I reasoned that longer cooking times were what I needed so I bought myself a bachelor-size crockpot, aka a slow cooker -- for all of $19 from Woolworths. And it is brilliant. I am now a chef! I tip chopped meat of some kind plus a bottle of Mr Patak's curry sauce, some chopped onions, a bit of garlic and a tin of tomatoes into the crockpot and leave it for a couple of hours. And the result is first class -- mainly thanks to Mr Patak.
I dish up out of the crockpot with a slotted spoon, which leaves a good quantity of "gravy" left in the pot. I save that and use it to cook some more meat in the next day. And that is good too! I have become quite attached to my crockpot. It feeds me well.